I wake up, make my Irish bacon and some eggs and then finish it off with some tea. And then Meg and I head to the gym for our morning coaching sessions. The mini ballers are the first group and they come in so excited for the upcoming hour. As a coach, you can’t help but to be just as excited or more excited to teach, interact, and inspire the young ballers that step onto the court. This is definitely one of my favourite aspects of my time here.
So far we have done three Saturday coaching sessions, but already I’ve noticed progress with each of the girls. Whether some girls have gotten better skill wise with their ball handling or shooting. Or some who walked in the first day so shy and nervous, to now making friends, talking, and being more comfortable with the ball. One mini baller came into the first session shooting the ball underhand, having it be her first day of basketball. By the end of that session, she won “Hot Shots” (a slight twist on the game “Knockout”). She was so happy and shocked too lol. Then by the second session, I helped her try to shoot the ball the proper way instead of shooting it underhand. She listened and continued to shoot that way the rest of the session and in the next session, even though it may have been uncomfortable for her (or just something new). It’s moments like this that make coaching special because you get to see the improvement first hand and how much more confident each of the young ballers get in each session. I’m looking forward to the rest of the year!